Ikat

We’ve been working hard these past months on developing new, gorgeous products.  We have a new boot style along with two bags that we are about to launch soon, and we are so excited.

We’re especially pleased to be working with a wonderful cooperative of weavers at Lake Atitlán.  They’ve done a fantastic job making our textile designs come to reality using the ikat technique.  What’s that, you say?  Well, since you asked….

Ikat, or jaspe in Spanish, is a technique for dying thread used around the world to reveal intricate designs.  Knots are placed in calculated patterns in either the warp (vertical thread on the loom) or weft (the thread that is woven in horizontally on the loom).

Knots in the warp

Sometimes this process is repeated several times, with knots placed in different places and different color dyes used each time.  When the knots are unveiled, that area remains free of the dye.

 

Lots of knots, lots of colors

After the dying is finished, the weaving begins, where the beautiful designs are turned into textiles.

Preparing the loom, Indonesia

 

The final product?  Oh, the possibilities!

Ikat in fashion

 

Our ikat products are coming soon.  We can’t wait to share them with you!

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